The 2016 NBA free agency period has thrown more money around than any of us could have imagined.
We expected the salary cap to increase significantly, but the numbers teams are dishing out for mediocre talent (and some guys that left people Googling their names) don’t add up.
Six of the seven largest total value contracts in league history will begin this coming season, according to ESPN.
Mike Conley, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, and Bradley Beal will all get PAID when the season tips off.
The one player that splits this group, Kobe Bryant’s $136.4 million deal from 2004.
In the past five years, the league salary cap has inflated from $58 million in 2012 to the new $94.1 million.
This week we’ve seen big number contracts fly off the shelves like Tickle Me Elmo dolls, and even before Kevin Durant’s decision.
The math is staggering when you compare these deals to other players throughout the league.
Joakim Noah will make $18 million with the Knicks next season, that’s more than Chicago’s All-Star point guard Jimmy Butler. Noah, 31, is coming off a season in which he suffered two significant shoulder injuries that limited him to just 29 games.
Timofey Mozgov and Jordan Clarkson will collectively earn $28.75 million in 2016… that’s more than the rest of the Lakers under contract combined. Mozgov averaged 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds during the regular season and only 5.8 minutes during the postseason.
This one really gets me. Jeremy Lin, a backup in Charlotte last year, signed a deal with Brooklyn worth about $12 million per year.
Steph Curry will make $12.1 million this coming season.
C’mon, NBA. Not every player demands this kind of money. Not every player is a max player.